Dog Socialization, Training and Obedience
Veterinary and Rehabilitation Center of Cape Elizabeth wants to foster the bond between you and your pet by providing for your pet's mental and physical health care needs throughout all life's stages. As part of this effort, we are proud to have Nancy Freedman-Smith, CBATI, as our resident dog trainer.
Nancy joined our staff the summer of 2016, and she is happy to part of our team, after going alone as a one person training operation for 20 plus years. She is passionate about force free, positive dog training, and specializes in family dogs, and dogs with major behavior issues, such as reactivity and fear aggression. Nancy attended Umass Amherst for Equine Science, and switched to dogs after the birth of the first of her three kids. She tells us dogs are way easier. Her wonderful Smooth Collie Finney helps Nancy with reactive and fearful dogs, and failed foster Beck keeps her very ,very humble.
In her spare time she enjoys teaching Beck new tricks, and working on their Canine Freestyle routine. She loves hiking with her dogs, and taking way too many photos of them.
Through Gooddogz Dog Training, Nancy offers private and group classes at your home and/or at our Center. Call today to find out when our next class starts. Please read below for more information.
What is Basic Dog Obedience/Behavior Class?
This course is for dogs 5 months and older teaches YOU how to train your dog through understanding dog behavior, discovering realistic expectations for training, and using proper leadership skills to teach your dog self-control and responsibility. By graduation you will have taught your dog to walk on a loose leash, sit, stay, heel, down, come, plus much more.
What is Puppy Class?
Puppy class for dogs 5 months and younger, provides you and your puppy with the opportunity to get started on the right paw. Your puppy will develop socialization and interaction skills with other puppies, people and environments. This in turn builds your pet's self confidence and develops trust between you both. House training, chewing, and biting advice will be incorporated. Proper leadership skills will be used to teach simple obedience commands. The emphasis of this class is FUN FUN FUN! Start training early and raise a Rock Star!
*Puppy Classes meet once a week. You can start anytime with rolling enrollment as long as your puppy is under 5 months at the time you start. 4 classes for $100
*Other Classes meet once a week for 7 weeks and cost $150.
*Dogs must be up to date with immunizations
*One primary handler is recommended. Family members may come and watch, children must be supervised.
Materials Needed for Class
*Small pieces of soft treats
*Regular collar or a Gentle Leader head collar if appropriate.
*Nylon leash (4ft-6ft long) no chains, ropes or flexi-leads
*Great attitude and willingness to learn.